Rick Nash spoke on Wednesday at Bruins break up day and said that he would love to return to Boston and that winning is his number one priority while choosing a new in free agency this summer. (NHL.com)
Nash said that the number two priority is finding a "good place to live" and a place that his family he enjoys. (NHL.com)
He said that Boston fit that criteria and that it was a seamless transition for them. (NHL.com)
Nash was asked how much longer he wanted to play and while he said "hopefully another few years" he also brought up the concussion he suffered while with the Bruins near the end of the regular season. (NHL.com)
Adam Rotter: I think that the Rangers would welcome Rick Nash back on a 2-3 year deal, maybe in the $4-$5 million range, but with where the Rangers are and where Nash is in his career, a reunion doesn't seem that likely. Even if Nash were to return and the Rangers signed Kovalchuk and made the playoffs, they still wouldn't be constructed to really contend next season. Nash will turn 34 in July and may only play a few more seasons so it would seem likely that he choose a team with a chance to contend where he can play a secondary or tertiary role. There are a number of teams in that position, like Nashville, Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto, a return to Columbus or, why not, Tampa Bay. Chicago has always seemed like a good match for Nash and while they struggled this season, there is a big expectation they are going to be aggressive this summer to return to contention. In any situation, it seems unlikely that Nash returns to the Rangers.